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ACRT Services Leadership Team

About the ACRT Services Board of Directors

ACRT Services is privileged to be led and advised by exceptional, experienced professionals from the utility services industry as well as others. Together, our board of directors shape our organizational vision and strategy, ensure our employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) remains strong for our nationwide team, and ensure that our family of companies continues to make a positive, measurable impact for our customers.

As the parent company of our family of brands, the ACRT Services board of directors and advisers includes inside and outside directors, our executive leadership team, and the presidents of our three subsidiaries: ACRT, ACRT Pacific, and Bermex. Each of our subsidiaries is also governed by a board of directors.

From left to right: John Marino (trustee), Kevin Puls, Don Esch, H. Alan Rothenbuecher, Brian Joiner, Brad Schroeder, Carey Jaros, Charles DeLacy, Dave Pavlich, Kenny Murphy, Michael Weidner, Ray Tackett, Nan McClenaghan, Raul Perez (former member), and C. Troy Ross (not pictured: John Wasmer)

ACRT Services Board Members

Don Esch

Don Esch

Don Esch recently retired after 18 years as the President and CEO of Bettcher Industries — a very mature and successful ESOP company located in North Central Ohio. During his tenure with Bettcher, Don successfully grew the company and continually increased its value to the ESOP participants. Don brings a rich history of company growth in an ESOP environment. Throughout his career, he has been a “change agent,” focusing on the practical application of business principles to help grow and transition companies and employees into high-opportunity market segments. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Albion College and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves as the chair on our board, as the chairman of the compensation committee of the board of directors, and as a member of the audit and strategy committees.

Michael Weidner

Michael B. Weidner

Michael B. Weidner is the chief executive officer of ACRT Services. In addition to his leadership career with our organization, Michael brings a wealth of experience from other organizations in the industry. He became CEO of our organization in 2000. In 2003, he established our employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), and in 2017, he presided over our reorganization into our family companies. He serves as president for the ACRT Services board of directors and on the management committee as chairman. He is also a member of our audit, compensation, governance, and strategy committees. Michael holds an associate degree in applied science from The Ohio State University.

Charles DeLacey

Charles DeLacey

Charles “Charlie” DeLacey is the chief financial officer for the Kenan Advantage Group, one of the largest fuel hauling companies in the United States. In a previous role, Charlie led the execution of merger and acquisition assignments across a variety of industries for leading independent M&A advisory firms. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University and his MBA from Harvard University. He is an outside director for our board, the chairman for the audit committee, and a member of the compensation and strategy committees.

Carey Jaros

Carey Jaros

Carey Jaros is president and chief executive officer of GOJO Industries, inventor of PURELL® brand hand sanitizer. Carey’s business skills are wide-ranging in the areas of general business management, growth strategy, innovation, business development, and acquisitions due diligence. Throughout her career, she has been active in helping companies that make a significant impact on the world to grow in ways that are sustainable and build value for all stakeholders as well as their own employees. Carey received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard University. She is an outside director for our board, the chairperson for the strategy committee for the board of directors, and a member of the compensation committee.

Nancy McClenaghan

Nancy Ellis McClenaghan

Nancy “Nan” Ellis McClenaghan is the president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio. Nan brings a keen focus on organizational design and business processes. Having previously worked for Dominion Resources, her knowledge of the utility industry provides insight on customer goals. Nan has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University and her MBA from the University of Akron. She is an outside director for our board, the chairperson for the governance committee, and a member of the audit, compensation, and strategy committees.

Dave Pavlich

Dave Pavlich

Dave Pavlich is the chief information officer of ACRT Services. Prior to joining our organization in 2016, Dave served as a partner and chief information officer at Dealer Tire. He has held information technology leadership positions at large Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations for both private and publicly held companies. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science from Kent State University as well as an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is assistant secretary to our board of directors and currently serves on the governance, management and strategy committees.

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C. Troy Ross

Troy Ross began his career with the organization in 1999 as a consulting utility forester and has grown with our organization since. He is the executive vice president of operations at ACRT Services, a role in which he oversees all ACRT Services companies. He is responsible for maintaining a great working culture for customers and employees. Prior to his role at ACRT Services, Troy served as president of ACRT — our vegetation management subsidiary. He is also a member of our strategy and management committees and looks to continue to provide the organization with innovative thinking and exceptional leadership among other things. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Union University and holds an MBA from Ashland University.

Brad Schroeder

Brad Schroeder

Brad Schroeder is the chief financial officer of ACRT Services. Prior to joining our organization in 2012, Brad served in financial leadership positions for Fortune 500 companies and most recently as the vice president of finance for a major national transportation firm. He serves on a number of boards for local for-profit and non-profit organizations. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bowling Green State University and an MBA in Finance from The University of Akron. On our board, he serves as an inside director as well as our treasurer. He is also a member of our audit, management, and strategy committees.

Ray Tackett

Raymond Tackett

Raymond “Ray” Tackett, an operations manager for our metering services subsidiary Bermex, holds the voting employee board member seat on our board of directors. In addition to its non-voting counterpart, the employee board member seats allow our employees’ voices to be heard in the decision-making processes that guide our organization forward. Prior to joining Bermex in 2012, Ray spent several years working in quality assurance, human resources, and real estate. Ray serves on our board’s governance and strategy committees. He will be receiving his bachelor’s degree from Franklin University in operations and supply chain management in 2022.

John Wasmer

John Wasmer

John is the executive vice president of revenue for ACRT Services, a role in which he oversees the business development management group as well as the marketing and communications department. Prior to his promotion to our parent company, John served as president of ACRT Pacific. He began his career with our organization in 2003 with ACRT as a contract utility forester and, like many of our leadership team members, is a prime example of how employees can grow their careers within our organization. His focus is on strengthening communications throughout the organization while focusing on growth and diversification of revenue. John holds a bachelor’s degree in forest resources management and a minor in public relations from West Virginia University. John also serves on the management committee in addition to his primary role as an inside director for our board.

Board Advisors

Brian Joiner

Brian Joiner

Brian Joiner is the current president of ACRT Pacific. He brings more than 20 years of experience in working with the largest utility in California, making his expertise a great fit for the position and as the head of our California vegetation management subsidiary. Prior to his position at ACRT Pacific, Brian was director of operations for ACRT. In addition to advising our board of directors, Brian also serves as an inside director for the ACRT Pacific board of directors. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Parks and Natural Resource Management from California State University, Chico.

Kenny Murphy

Kenny Murphy

Kenny Murphy is the president of Bermex, our metering services subsidiary, where he is focused on adding new innovation and technology while growing the company. He joined our organization in 2005 with ACRT, a sister company of Bermex focusing on vegetation management services, as a contract utility forester after previously managing a utility division in Texas. He grew his career with our organization while at ACRT, eventually holding the position of director of operations. He was promoted to president of Bermex in 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science in forest management from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is also an inside director on the board of directors at Bermex, our metering services company.

Kevin Puls

Kevin Puls is the president of ACRT. He has been with the company for more than 20 years and began his career with us as a work planner. He worked his way up to become an operations manager, senior operations manager, and director of operations. He attended Mount Union College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology and is currently working toward his MBA at Ashland University. In addition to serving as an adviser on the ACRT Services board of directors, Kevin also serves on the ACRT board of directors as an inside director.

Alan Rothenbuecher

H. Alan Rothenbuecher

Alan Rothenbuecher is the secretary on the ACRT Services board of directors. He is a partner at Benesch Law and also serves as outside general counsel to our organization. He brings significant experience in building and protecting assets, conducting risk analysis, and providing strategic corporate counsel. He has been working with our organization since 2000. Alan regularly speaks at industry events and has authored numerous articles on risk management and contract issues. He serves on the audit, compensation, governance, strategy, and executive committees. Alan holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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Jerry Staton

Jerry Staton is an operations manager with our vegetation management consulting business ACRT, a position he has held since 2015. Staton joined ACRT in 2010 and currently holds the non-voting employee board member seat. He holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry wildlife management from Stephen F. Austin University, where he continues to teach and speak to arboriculture and urban forestry groups. He is an active participant in our organization and industry, serving on our Going the Extra Mile (GEM) committee and is currently ACRT’s storm team manager. He also serves on the UAA safety committee.